MAYS LANDING- On Thursday, February 22, 2018, the Superior Court heard the last of the State’s motions to detain three males and one female charged under a 97-count indictment charging distribution of narcotics by members and associates of the South Side Mob criminal street gang, Atlantic County Prosecu
tor Damon G. Tyner announced.
Umar Salahuddin, 25, of Pleasantville, Isaiah Cooper, 28, of Pleasantville, Tariq Tucker, 26, of Mays Landing and Kiona Dorsey, 22, of Pleasantville, with possession of heroin and cocaine with intent to distribute, distribution of those substances, money laundering and conspiracy to commit those crimes.
The indictment also charges Umar Salahuddin, Isaiah Cooper and Tariq Tucker with gang criminality, and Salahuddin and Cooper with unlawfully possessing multiple firearms and other weaponry, including an assault rifle; multiple large capacity magazines, a drum magazine compatible with semi-automatic assault weapons and machine guns; and hundreds of rounds of ball and hollow-point ammunition.
In the case of Tariq Tucker, Judge Rodney Cunningham found no conditions of release could protect the public and ordered Tucker detained at the Atlantic County Justice Facility, pending indictment and trial. However, Judge Cunningham found conditions of pre-trial release could protect the community in the case of Kiona Dorsey, based on Dorsey having two open cases, charging non-violent distribution-related CDS crimes and no prior record. The Court ordered Dorsey released on conditions she report to the Court’s Pre-Trial Services Division on a monthly basis, and remain crime-free. The Court previously ordered Isaiah Cooper detained pending resolution of the current indictment, and Umar Salahuddin currently is serving a custodial sentence on other charges. All three males charged in the current indictment with gang criminality continue to be detained, and the female charged with conspiring with the South Side Mob remains at liberty pending conclusion of the case.
The 197-count indictment contains first and second degree charges that trigger mandatory periods of parole ineligibility upon conviction, and a discretionary fine of up to $75,000 for financial facilitation of criminal activity (money laundering). No date for trial has been set.
The January 25, 2018, indictment was based on an ongoing investigation by the Pleasantville Police Department and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit.
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